Doris Mae Adams Alexander

February 23, 1922 ~ May 31, 2020

Doris Mae Adams Alexander passed away on May 31, 2020 in Bountiful, UT. She was born February 23, 1922 in Blanding to Melvin Jens Adams and Mary Lydia (Mamie) Jones Adams.

Her childhood was spent in Blanding, Carlisle Ranch, north of Monticello, Beaver Range, and Disappointment Creek in Colorado. The sheep grazing land determined where the family was living each season of the year.

Her school years were enjoyed in Blanding at the elementary school and San Juan High School, where she graduated in 1940.

Doris attended the State Agricultural college in Logan for two years before transferring to the University of Utah where she graduated with honors on June 6, 1944.

She earned a Bachelor’s degree in the School of Education with a High School Teachers Certificate.

She taught Home Economics in Driggs, ID, Moab, Blanding, and Carbon College in Price, UT.

Later she was hired by the Utah State Agricultural College as the County Home Demonstration Agent and Instructor in Sevier and San Juan counties.

She then served a proselyting mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in south Australia.

Doris married LaRay Alexander on June 7, 1961 in the Manti Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, becoming a wife, mother, and grandmother at the same time.

They built a home in Blanding where LaRay completed his teaching career, and they raised their family. They enjoyed traveling as a family and had many great summer adventures.

Extended family was always important, and they hosted and attended many family reunions.

The gospel of Jesus Christ was a very important part of Doris’ life. She served in many different callings in all the organizations of the Church.

Doris served for 20 years with LaRay in the Family History Center of the San Juan Stake. They also served two Family History Missions, one in Seattle and one in Salt Lake City.

She was sharing the gospel right to the end and was always eager to bear her testimony.

She performed many acts of quiet service to family and friends. She was a great example to her family of choosing the right and enduring to the end.

Doris is preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Jon, grandson James Slavens, and sisters Elaine Adams and Audrey Halliday (Fred).

She is survived by her daughters, Karen Slavens (Jim) of Blanding, Pamela Schurig of American Fork, UT, Mary Margaret North (John) of Centerville, UT, son David Alexander (Tina) of Orem, UT, and daughter-in-law Nicholle Haycock of St. George, UT along with numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the San Juan Mortuary in Blanding on June 8.

Interment was in the Blanding city Cemetery.

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